Tips & FAQs for window replacement and Installations

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Published on February 24, 2014

Author: MattM80



If you are thinking about replacing or installation new windows take a look at these tips from Rocky Mountain Windows for the best replacement windows experience.

TIPS & FAQS for Window Replacement and Installations 1. Consider  installing  replacement  windows  in  the  Winter,  Spring  and Fall. As long as it not raining or snowing and the temperature is above 20°F, we can install replacement windows.  (Okay,  the  wind  can’t  be  blowing  100  mph  too.)  Since   we  install  one window  at   a  time,  there  is  little  disruption  to  your  home  even  in  cooler  weather.  We have   more  scheduling  flexibility  in  Winter,  Spring  and  Fall,  so  we  usually  can  install your windows more quickly. 2. Discounts  and  high  pressure  sales  techniques  –   some  replacement  window companies   will  offer  you  an  on  the  spot  discount  of   30%­40%  if  you  sign  a replacement   contract  the  first  time  the  sales  person  visits  your  home.  How  can  a sales  person  offer you this deep a discount? Perhaps their opening price is inflated to give   you  the  appearance  of  giving  you  a  “deal.”   Consumer  advocates  recommend that  you  check  prices  from  other  companies  before  signing  on  the  spot.  Rocky Mountain  Window  Distributors  never  offers  discounts  for  signing  on  the  spot.  Our quote is always our best price, no strings attached, and it is always good for 30 days. 3. Argon  is  a  clear  odorless  inert gas  that  is  put  between  the  panes  of  gas to  improve the  insulating  value  of  windows.  This  gas  is  sealed  in   the  window.  If  a  window containing  argon  is  made  in  the  midwest  or  in  coastal  states  and  brought  to  our elevation,  the  gas  expands  and  stresses  the  window,  which  can  cause  pre­mature failure.  While   it  can  be  done,  the  window  dealer  must   know   the  elevation  of  your home   and  the  size  of the  windows  to  specify  argon  only  in  the windows  that  will  not be  excessively  stressed.  Milgard  manufactures  vinyl  windows  in  metro  Denver.  This means  we  can  specify  argon  filled  windows  to  7,700  ft.  If  you  want  e­Star  rated windows   and  vinyl  is  your  window of  choice,  consider  Milgard  windows  from  Rocky Mountain Window Distributors.

FAQ’s 1. The vinyl windows originally installed in my home are failing. Should I consider vinyl replacement windows? 2. Vinyl   windows  have  been  used  for  many  years  and  like  many   products  there  are differing  qualities  available.  Premium  vinyl  windows  such  as  Milgard  Tuscany replacement   windows  and  patio  doors  are  designed  to  withstand  the  rigors  of  our high  altitude  climate.  Milgard has  been  making  windows  for  over 40 years.They back their  products  with  a  Full  Lifetime  Warranty  against  defects  in  manufacturing,  seal failure  and  incidental  glass  breakage.  If  you   purchase  premium  vinyl  windows  and patio  doors,  like  Milgard  Tuscany,  you  will  be  buying  products  that  will  stand  the test of  time  as  well  as  offering  the  advantages  of affordability, low maintenance and good energy efficiency. 3. We   hear  stories  of   wood  and  wood   clad   windows  rotting.   Should  we  avoid wood clad windows? 4. For   many  years  wood  windows  were  the  only  choice.  Properly   maintained  wood windows   last  many   years.  The  key  is  proper  installation  and  proper  maintenance. Wood  windows  with  an  exterior  cladding  were  introduced   minimize  the   need  for exterior  maintenance.  Like  any  new  technology  there  have  been  many  successes and  a  few failures. Many of you are familiar with Oldach window failures. On the other hand,   Companies  like  Andersen,  Marvin  and  Windsor  have  great  track  record  of producing  log  lasting  low  maintenance  clad  windows.  If  you  want  exterior  color choice,   the  beauty  and  warmth  of  wood,  interior  clad   wood  windows  are  a  great choice.

5. What  is  Low  e  glass?  Most  manufacturers  now  supply  low­e  glass as the standard glass  in  your  new  or  replacement  windows.  Low­e  glass  is  coated  with  a  special coating  that  reflects  heat  and  some  light. This coating reflects the heat of home back into  the  home and the  heat  of  the  sun  out  of  your  home. The benefit of the coating is to  improve  the insulating value of dual pane glass by as much as 40% over dual pane clear  glass.  Low­e glass also lowers heat gain from the sun, improving summer time comfort in your building. 6. Some  window  manufacturers  seem  to claim  to  have  a “special”  low  – e glass. Is this the case? 7. This  is  a   yes  and  no  answer.  First  let  me  say  that  window  manufacturers  do  not make  the  glass  in  windows,  nor do they apply the low­e coatings. This is done by the glass  manufacturers.  Most  standard  low­e  coatings  are  low­2.  There   can  are variations  from  glass  manufactures  to  manufacturer,  but  the  performance  of  the low­e  glass  does  not  vary significantly.  Low­3  is  becoming  a  more  common  coating and  again  there  are slight variations  from  one  glass  manufacturer to another, but the variations  are  minor. In  addition there  are  special  coatings  offered  to  further improve insulating  value,  to  increase solar  heat  gain,  or  to  make  the  windows  easier to wash on  the  outside.  Clearview’s  trained  staff  can explain what glass options are available, where  than  could  be  used  in  your  home  or  building   and  the  cost  and  performance differences of the options.

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